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Police-reported school violence among children below the age of criminal responsibility in Sweden – signs of increased sensitivity and segregation?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 61-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since the 1980s in Sweden, children’s violent actions in schools have been reported to the police as criminal offences more frequently than before. This increasing trend is analysed against the background of a general increased cultural sensitivity to violence and slowly developing social changes that affect the propensity to report every form of violent incident to the police. This project analyses 1,239 police reports of assault, unlawful threat, molestation and insulting behaviour committed in schools by 7- to 14-year olds in ten municipalities in the Stockholm area. The time period studied is from 2000 to 2010. Regression analysis shows systematic differences among schools in different areas and social contexts. Average merit ratings, which are a measure of the educational quality of schools, explain most of the variance and correlate negatively with reported incidents. There are also significant differences among municipalities and school forms in terms of police reports. So-called resource schools, which are designed to serve children with special needs, report extremely high numbers of incidents per child. Reporting seems to have been routinised in many schools, including resource schools. Our results can be interpreted as suggesting that increased cultural sensitivity generates a bias against children in less affluent contexts. © 2017 The Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. Vol. 19, no 1, p. 61-77
Keywords [en]
children, cultural sensitivity, Police reports, school, segregation, violence
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Law and Society Sociology
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-83534DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2017.1393875Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031942133OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-83534DiVA, id: diva2:1318415
Available from: 2019-05-27 Created: 2019-05-27 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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